Monday, July 23, 2007

Newsline #14 - 13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Newsline #14 – July 23rd, 2007


Now that was one “great-film-festival-day, everyone!” as Managing Director Jared Earley has a habit of saying. But it’s true, Sunday couldn’t have been any better. The events were a blast and every screening was either sold out or jam-packed. This can only mean one thing… you actually took the advice from yesterday’s newsline and took advantage of every possible film festival second that was offered. Okay, okay, so you were probably already planning on enjoying every possible moment of screenings and events on Sunday to begin with, but it couldn’t have ended on a better high note for our last “full” festival day!


Now tonight the Prince Theater will continue to show festival screenings for Butch Jamie, Spider Lilies and Men In The Nude while the Wilma Theater and the Arts Bank will offer some of this year’s festival favorites. Here goes.

Wilma Theater

7:00pm - Out at the Wedding – The only centerpiece screening this year to be selected to the festival favorites, this film is about “misunderstandings, family and love.” It sold out earlier in the festival, so don’t miss your last chance to see this with a group of friends.

9:15pm - Curiosity of Chance – This John Huges-styled 80’s throwback is a comedy about an openly gay teen facing highschool.

Arts Bank Theater

7:15pm - In Sickness & In Health – This film brought the audience to tears and applause during its first showing last Sunday and has already been rallied the attention of the Philadelphia Inquirer since it screened 7 days ago. It’ll certainly continue to provoke change and to assist in the fight for same-sex marriages.

9:15pm - Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde’s timeless story is retold in this experimental and artistic repainting of the classic tale of vanity.


Tomorrow the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will walk Tori Spelling down the aisle for this year’s closing night film Kiss The Bride. We’ll also present this year’s Award recipients before heading over to Twenty21 to close this year’s festival with style!

Tickets for the closing night party are becoming scarce, so be sure to purchase yours today before they’re all gone.


Ok, so here’s the deal. We’ve been taking pictures… lots of pictures… a ton of pictures!
And I’m just about ready to share some of them with you. But it’s gotta be a fair trade.

Sooo, if you have photos that you’ve taken with friends or celebrities that have been visiting town for the festival, send them to me. Just reply to this email and attach the photo – And if I like it, maybe it’ll even end up on the festival website.

In the meantime, here’s the photos that I’ve posted so, but check back every couple of hours, because there are sooo many more that’ll be going up real soon.

Enjoy and don’t say I didn’t warn you !


For those of you that ripped your shirts off on the dance floor during the opening night party and put a dent into your wardrobe, not to worry. The Philadelphia Film Society has thought of everything. We’re selling Official Film Festival T-shirts at the Prince Theater, Wilma Theater, TLA Video Store locations and online.
T-shirts cost $15 for M, L & XL and $18 for XXL sizes.


To purchase Festival tickets, visit, call 267-765-9700 ext. 4 (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.) or visit any Philadelphia area TLA Video store (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.).

In order to put together any festival of this caliber, we rely primarily on the help of volunteers. But, if you don’t feel like volunteering out of the goodness of your heart, do it for the tickets. Volunteer for the film festival = see movies for free!

Ushering is an easy - but ESSENTIAL – volunteer job. You will tear tickets and hand out ballots with a friendly disposition, representing the festival to all of our attendees! Shifts generally begin an hour before the first show of the day and end 1/2 hour after the last show.

In exchange for your time, you will receive a complimentary pass to exchange for a ticket to the film of your choice. Earn double comps on Sundays – Work any shift on Sunday and receive TWO comps for the shift!

Please email your information contact information and scheduling requests to Pari Patel at

The Philadelphia Film Festival is produced by the Philadelphia Film Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting outstanding film and video in the greater Philadelphia region. To become a Society member, visit, or call Timothy Ferretti, PFS Interim Membership Coordinator, at 267-765-9700 x.296.

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Since its conception in 2001, the Philadelphia Film Society remains dedicated to the presentation of film and video in the Greater Philadelphia area as a powerful form of artistic expression and a unique force for cultural diversity and international understanding. Founded in 1995, the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival presents a rainbow of GLBT films and video images from around the world.

This year’s festival has been made possible by the generosity and support of the Members of the Philadelphia Film Society and our Presenting Sponsors: Avis, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Pennsylvania Film Office, Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, here! Networks and TLA Entertainment Group; Official Sponsors: Anheuser-Busch, Tylenol-PM, Sundance Channel, Eventions Productions, Scion, Triumph Brewing Company, Twenty21, Penn’s Landing Corporation, Parrot Bay, Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Cashman & Associates and University of the Arts; Partner Sponsors: Plumer & Associates, Inc., Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Modern Eye, Fest In Philly, Crowne Plaza, Sofitel Hotel, B-Side, Mixto, Hoffman Design Group, Haru, Hangar 1, PA Festivals and Premier Tours; Patron Sponsors:Jennifer Angelo Design, Marathon Grill, Sisters, Campus Philly, PhillyCarShare, Lucky Strike Lanes, P.I.N.K., The Restaurant Collection, Caviar Assouline, Vitamin Water, Philadelphia Trolley Works, Neff Associates Inc., Philly Fringe Festival, Vesuvio, Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, McCormick & Schmick’s, Allied Advertising, The National Condominium Residences, 12th Street Gym, Whole Foods, FuntasticFotos, Prince Music Theater, Bluecoat, American Apparel and Philly Aids Thrift; and Media Sponsors: Gaydar Magazine, Where Philadelphia, Metro, Philadelphia City Paper, Philly Gay Calendar, HX Philadelphia and Queer Times.

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